Mt. San Rafael Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities we serve and in a manner where patients receive compassionate and personalized care. Our vision is to be recognized as the healthcare provider of choice for Trinidad and the surrounding areas, and as a model for rural healthcare and wellness in partnership with our communities.
Mt. San Rafael Hospital's history began in 1889, when the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, opened a two-story, 40-bed hospital on land generously donated by Dr. Barron Beshoar. The hospital was named Mt. San Rafael Hospital in memory of a generous benefactor of the Catholic Church, Don Rafael Chacon. Sixteen years later, in 1905, the first training school for nurses west of the Mississippi opened at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, with five students; it remained in operation until 1932. In 1906, a facility addition as large as the original building was added to the hospital in order to admit more patients and administer better care with improved and expanded facilities. In 1907, about 2,000 lots surrounding the hospital were purchased from Dr. Beshoar for "one dollar and other valuable considerations," to prevent houses from being built too close to the hospital. Then, in 1932, the training school for nurses consolidated with Glockner Hospital in Colorado Springs and St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo to form the Seton School of Nursing. In 1950, a Physiotherapy Department was established in the hospital for the treatment of polio cases in the area. Equipment, including an Iron Lung, was on loan from the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis for a three-year period. In 1955, a school of practical nursing education was organized through Trinidad State Junior College. And, in 1957, another major renovation was completed on the hospital building.
In 1969, the modern history of the new Mt. San Rafael Hospital began as the existing hospital building was purchased from the Sisters of Charity and came under new administration by the Trinidad Area Health Association. Two years later, in 1971, a contract was negotiated to construct a completely new 70-bed hospital. The move was completed to the new Joint Commission accredited facility in 1972. In 1978, a four-bed Special Care Unit was dedicated and opened to further the hospital's capacity to administer to more seriously ill patients. In 1979, a 2,000 pound ceramic mural, created by Sister Augusta Zimmer, S.C., of Cincinnati, Ohio, was installed on a wall in the main lobby. The mural, depicting the history of Trinidad, was constructed in pieces and shipped to the hospital from Ohio. It was necessary to reinforce the wall in order to facilitate the weight of the mural, which remains a feature of the lobby today and an attraction for patients, locals, and tourists. In June of 1993, the last Sister of Charity to be affiliated with Mt. San Rafael Hospital retired. And, in 2000 and 2001, mechanical upgrades and major exterior renovations to the building were completed.
In the summer of 2015, we were awarded a $2 million grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to improve the infrastructure at the Hospital; for the cooling tower, boilers, air handlers, etc. To ensure these funds were spent appropriately, we engaged Davis Partnership Architects to facilitate a Master Facility Plan (MFP).
"I recently had a visit to the Emergency Room. The doctor was wonderful! He did everything he could to make me feel better and more comfortable. They were very apologetic for the wait times (which were super short compared to other hospitals!). Overall, it was a pleasant visit." ~ Amanda, Santa Clarita, CA
"The doctor ordered a blood test for me and when I arrived at the clinic I was taken immediately. There was no wait at all. From start to finish, I don't think it took 15 minutes for them to check me in and draw my blood. Staff was excellent. They made my test a pleasant experience. Thanks." ~ James, Trinidad, CO
"I am a patient at the Rural Health Clinic. The staff and health provider did very well assisting me and others as quickly as possible. The nursing staff was friendly and helpful. Everyone was professional and informative and worked together as a unit. I'm satisfied." ~ William, Trinidad, CO
"Staff - very professional, clean appearance, compassionate. I thank all professionals for their services performed." ~ Gail, Trinidad, CO
"I love this place and my doctor! Everyone does such an amazing job. I've never seen anything quite like it. Thank you all for the courtesy you show patients and being absolutely professional at the highest standards. I'm very impressed. Don't let my doctor ever leave! Thank you all." ~ Allen, Trinidad, CO
"Everything flowed good! The doctor was very good! The nurse helpers did excellent too! A good experience! All this was a great experience. 'The Crew' did very good...I'll definitely advise people to 'come your way!" ~ John, Trinidad, CO
"The Emergency Department was very good. I was having heart problems, and they took care of me right away." ~ Mary, Trinidad, CO